NBA Referee Faces an Extreme DUI Charge in Arizona

extreme dui chargeWhen it comes to drinking and driving, we see the signs and the commercials. We know that there are consequences to getting caught driving impaired in Arizona. However, many people may not know that there are various levels of DUI charges in this state.

Today, we want to bring you a recent story to highlight a level of DUI you may have never heard of – an “extreme” DUI.

If you or a loved one have been charged with driving impaired, you may need a skilled Arizona DUI defense attorney to help you get through this. DUI charges can become complicated and can change your life. Depending on the level of the charge, you could be facing serious jail time along with a slew of other consequences.

What happened in this case?

We know that the Arizona Republic has reported that an NBA referee was recently arrested in Lake Havasu City. They say that Ronald Harrelson was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated after he crashed his vehicle into a tree. Harrelson, 60, allegedly showed signs of impairment and was taken to the county jail after police conducted a field sobriety test and made the arrest.

However, we are not bringing you this story because Mr. Harrelson made the news. DUI arrests typically do make the news. The reason we wanted to share this story with you was because of the headline – “NBA referee arrested in Arizona for ‘extreme’ DUI.”

Why are there differences between DUIs?

Arizona is a state that has different types of DUI charges. In the case above, they used the ‘extreme’ DUI statute, but we want to make sure you understand all levels of DUI charges in Arizona.

  • Standard DUI (BAC above .08%)
    • 10 days in jail
    • $1,500 fine
    • Up to a 90-day license suspension
    • Interlock device for 1 year
    • Alcohol evaluation/treatment program
  • Extreme DUI (BAC above .15%)*
    • 30 days in jail
    • $2,780 fine
    • Up to a 90-day license suspension
    • Interlock device for 1 year
    • Alcohol evaluation/treatment program
  • Super Extreme DUI (BAC above .20%)*
    • 45 days jail time
    • $3,240 fine
    • Up to a 90-license suspension
    • Interlock device for 1 year
    • Alcohol evaluation/treatment program

*A second offense for any of the above will significantly raise the penalties.

I’ve heard of aggravated DUI – what is it?

A person can be charged with aggravated DUI if they are caught driving impaired under a range of circumstances:

  • Drunk driving while their license is suspended, revoked, or canceled
  • If this is their third DUI offense in 84 months
  • Are driving impaired while a person under 15 years of age is in the vehicle
  • Refusing to submit to a blood-alcohol content test while under an ignition interlock device requirement is in place.

Penalties for aggravate DUI charges vary widely and depend on the level of the charge, but they are more significant than standard DUI penalties.

It is time to secure the help you need

It is important to understand that not all DUI charges and cases are the same. Even when two cases seem identical, they could play out in very different ways. In many cases, that depends on the prosecutor’s discretion. We know that there are many times when a skilled Arizona DUI defense attorney plays a major role in getting charged reduced or dismissed altogether.

It is vital that you get help controlling the narrative around your case. Let your attorney investigate the fact of the case, look at the evidence against you, and work to get your back to living your life.

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